Care for the elderly in Northumberland.
Yesterday we held an afternoon tea with a difference.
Our residents, staff and trustees invited all our volunteers to thank them for giving up their time to help us at Charlotte Straker House.
Volunteers bring so much to our organisation, including skills, advice, experience, friendship and care. Their commitment and energy is inspiring and very much appreciated by us all.
Lesley Thirlwell, our Deputy Chair of the Trustees, gave a speech and presented “long service” certificates and badges to Janet Earnshaw, Jennifer Wright and Liz Nisbet for their long service as volunteers in our charity.
“Long service” certificates and badges will also be given to Heather Wilson, Barbara Shaw, Suzette Milne and Warwick Milne, as they couldn’t attend this afternoon.
Lesley’s speech in full…
“Our dedicated volunteers are a major strength of the Charlotte Straker Project. Without their contribution of time and energy, our organisation would not have accomplished so much or succeeded in becoming such a vital resource for our surrounding community.
They have a measurable and meaningful impact on the day to day life at our care home and we are immensely grateful for their enthusiasm and commitment.
Some individuals have volunteered for a considerable number of years and have become essential cornerstones of our organisation. We are so grateful for their continued advice and contribution to our charity.
Our helpers volunteer for many different reasons, but for whatever motivation they generously provide their time, skills and support without any expectation of reward.
Today is a chance for the trustees, staff and residents to thank our volunteers for sharing their skills and knowledge and for the positive impact they make on our residents’ lives. We are genuinely grateful for the energy, enthusiasm and dedication they bring to their roles as volunteers and the fact they make our overall mission of “care according to need” that much easier to achieve.”